Our Song of the Day is Ready Or Not by rising country pop star, Abbie Ferris featuring the multi-award-winning Canadian country stars, The Dungarees. The track, from her newly released debut 6-track EP of the same name, seamlessly blends the best of classic country with modern hooks and energy.
Co-written with The Dungarees and produced by Michael Carpenter at Love Hz, Ready Or Not is a song for anyone ready to stake their claim to life. In Abbie’s case, it tells the story of that time, that moment, when she decided to take control and commit to chasing her dreams in music. Emerging from her teens in a small South Australian country town, the time was right to grab life with both hands and take on the world. Metaphorically, the song chronicles growing up with the pressures of today’s society, becoming independent, moving across the country for career opportunities, and finding her voice as a woman.
Abbie grew up on a 90-acre farm in Mallala (read more about it here). Her father worked the sale yards and Abbie was on horseback by the time she could walk. Soon after, she fell in love with music, picked up a guitar and started honing her craft as a singer-songwriter. After being awarded the Market The Music ‘Emerging Artist Scholarship’ in 2017, she made her festival debut at the Groundwater Country Music Festival.
Having cracked into the festival circuit in her debut year, she followed up with performances at Country at the Camp and Australian Music Week later in 2018, she also got her first taste of life on the road, touring with Hayley Jensen. In late 2019, Abbie was earmarked to support Golden Guitar winner Kirsty Lee Akers on her ‘Small Town, Big Hearts’ 2020 tour, until COVID-19 killed the 31-date tour. This will be revisited in 2022 once the pandemic has (hopefully) abated.
Abbie has released four singles to radio, including For A Moment in 2018, Beat You at Your Own Game in 2019, plus Love Up On Me and Bad Boy Crush in 2020, which have clocked up nearly 600,000 streams on Spotify and feature on the new EP. Each release has seen her improve her chart position, with the most recent release reaching #21 on the Official Airplay Chart and #3 on the Kix Country Hottest 20.
December 2019 saw a brief departure from original music as with the release of a concept EP, The Five – My Teens based on a re-imagining of the five songs that have influenced Abbie’s journey as an artist through her teens. After the success of that release, she turned her focus to Ready Or Not and relocated to the Central Coast in New South Wales.
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